By Ron Dutcher
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This is one of the pen makers that I have researched a long time, but have found very little. Part of the problem is that there were many Jacob Ullrichs in New York and New Jersey in the 1880s, and I am not sure which is which.
Jacob Ullrich was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1854 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1876 aboard the SS Gellert on her maiden voyage.
Jacob settled down into Hoboken, New Jersey, an area where a great many German immigrants lived. I’ve found some references to a Jacob Ullrich working as a type setter and compositer in Manhattan in the late 1870s, but I haven’t been able to confirm if this is the same J. Ullrich.
In 1882 Ullrich patented a version of the stylographic pen, and soon included fountain pens as well. His main line of pens were:
Below are a few pages from a 1925 Juco catalog, part of my personal collection
For more information, see the entry for Ullrich in the Glossopedia.
This article is part of the Manhattan Pen Makers Project, originated by Ron L. Dutcher. Except for typographical corrections, the text is as Ron published it. Ron wanted to include photos of advertisements or pens from each maker; he had some photos, but the gallery was far from complete. Photos here are a mixture of what Ron had and what I have been able to add from my own photo library. As with other reference articles on this site, you should not take this information as absolutely authoritative or complete.